Columbus, Ohio, Selects the Accela Civic Platform to Modernize Land Management

The Department of Public Service Joins the Department of Building and Zoning Services in Automating Permitting Processes to Increase Productivity and Service Delivery

SAN RAMON, Calif. – December 10, 2014 – Accela, the leading provider of civic engagement solutions for government, today announced that the City of Columbus, Ohio, has selected Accela Land Management solutions on the Accela Civic Platform. The City’s Department of Public Service will join the Department of Building and Zoning Services in automating the review and distribution of permit applications. Columbus will replace the current in-house permit system for right-of-way permits, moving toward an enterprise approach by leveraging Accela solutions across the agency. The Accela Civic Platform offers increased efficiency through collaborative reviews, enhanced reporting and improved access to critical information across departments.

Serving over 800,000 residents, the City of Columbus is the 15th largest city in the United States and boasts a diverse economy based on education, insurance, banking, aviation, steel, technology and more.

Accela Land Management will streamline the City’s planning and zoning as well as permitting services. The new solutions will be focused on bringing permits for activities in the public right of way onto the Accela Civic Platform, enabling the Department of Public Service to track the review and distribution of permit applications. The permit application types included in this project are:

  • Excavation & Occupancy Permits
  • Sidewalk & Driveway Construction & Repair Permits
  • Café Seating, Banners & Site Amenities Permits
  • Non-Commercial Event Permits
  • Comprehensive Right-of-Way Permits
  • Oversize Load Permits
  • Valet Parking

Accela Land Management is a core solution on the Civic Platform, which provides the foundation for creating the two-way flow of data that makes engagement possible and helps to build the bridge between agencies and citizens. The Civic Platform streamlines critical agency functions like land, asset and right-of-way management, licensing, legislative management, recreation and resource management and environmental health and safety.

“We applaud the City of Columbus as it embraces an enterprise approach to utilizing the Accela Civic Platform,” said Maury Blackman, Accela President and CEO. “We’re proud to provide the City with the solutions it needs to streamline its civic processes. By leveraging the Civic Platform for permitting, the City will save money, deliver improved services to citizens and businesses and build a better community.”